Building Positive Mental Health
St. Thomas University values and respects the uniqueness and diversity of our student population. There are a number of services to our student to help them build and maintain positive mental health:
Coping with Racial Trauma
Racial trauma occurs for people of colour when they experience or witness racism, discrimination, and violence against people of colour. These acts, no matter the scale, are racial stressors which can lead to people of colour feeling vulnerable or unsafe in their community just for existing as they are.
Resiliency in Colour
Resiliency in Colour is a hang out space on Teams where individuals from the BIPOC community can come together in a casual setting. This space will be available biweekly on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm (AST) and will be offered as a regular drop in event!
This event is organized by a shared partnership between STU Mental Health, the Wabanaki Centre, the Black Student Association, and the St. Thomas University International Student Association.
To join the group, visit: STU.CA/BIPOC
No matter where you are in your healing, we're here for you!
1. HEALTHY CHOICES AND SELF-HELP RESOURCES
Your physical health and mental health are so closely intertwined, which means the daily lifestyle choices we make can drastically impact how we feel. Eating well, exercising, sleeping, and avoiding cigarettes/alcohol/drugs will improve your mental health, as well as engaging in self-care and relaxation practices to reduce stress and improve resiliency.
2. SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIPS AND PEER SUPPORT
Humans are social creatures – we depend on each other to survive. Social distancing can have a significant impact on how we feel, especially if we’re already struggling with mental health issues. TALKING CAN HELP! Supportive relationships can be between friends, family members, partners, mentors, and others. Our Peer Support Centre is offering weekly online chats to help build connection and support; for more information, visit our Facebook page.
3. COPING WORKSHOPS AND GROUPS
Professional help is recommended if your mental health issues are starting to impact your academics, relationships, or ability to function.
4. INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING
Professional help is recommended when your mental health issues are starting to impact your academics, relationships, or ability to function. If you would like to book an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. SPECIALIZED SERVICES
STU Student Services offers several specialized services for individuals with complex needs, including issues related to sexual violence, 2SLGBTQIA+ issues, Indigenous identity and more. For more information about the specialized services we offer, visit our website or email email@example.com.
6. COMMUNITY REFERRALS
We will help connect you with resources in the community. This may include crisis response/support, psychiatric services, addiction services, and more.